V-Day At The GRAMMYs
"Bring her nice things/Sugar and spice things," Jack Jones sang on "Lollipops And Roses."
"The first time ever I saw your face/I thought the sun rose in your eyes," Roberta Flack sang on "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face."
"Can you feel the love tonight/It is where we are," Elton John intoned on his song from the Lion King.
What do these songs have in common? They all celebrate the glory of love. And, they're all GRAMMY winners.
Valentine's Day makes February arguably the season of love, and the GRAMMYs have honored love in all kinds of forms and genres. Following, in no particular order or rhyme or reason (other than to spread love throughout the world, of course), is a seasonably appropriate 14-song selection of GRAMMY winners through the years.
"Just The Way You Are" (iTunes »)
Billy Joel, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, 1978
Joel's breakthrough hit went on to become a wedding standard, celebrating love from the Generation Me's "love me for who I am" point of view.
"Love Will Keep Us Together" (iTunes »)
Captain & Tennille, Record Of The Year, 1975
This record was ubiquitous literally throughout 1975, with its bouncy keyboard-driven ode to the power of love — and just happened to be recorded by a husband-and-wife duo.
"Stand By Your Man" (iTunes »)
Tammy Wynette, Best Country Performance, Female, 1969
Wynette's signature tune may not have been a pivotal moment for women's liberation, but it was a powerful testament to understanding human frailties and allowing love to rise above them.
"Breathe Again" (iTunes »)
Toni Braxton, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, 1994
From the Vikki Carr "It Must Be Him" school, which plainly teaches that unrequited love kills, comes this, well, breathy Toni Braxton classic. She puts it succinctly enough: "Please understand if love ends/Then I promise you, I promise you/That I shall never breathe again."
"My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic)" (iTunes »)
Celine Dion, Record Of The Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, 1998
This omnipresent theme song from the 1998 film Titanic was propelled to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 as the story of Jack and Rose (played by Leonardo DiCaprio and GRAMMY winner Kate Winslet) swept the country.
"Always On My Mind" (iTunes »)
Willie Nelson, Best Country Vocal Performance, Male, 1982
On this cover of the Elvis Presley hit, Nelson sings, "You were always on my mind" to the woman in his life, lamenting over those small things he should have done, but never took the time. Don't find yourself in the same position this Valentine's Day.
"My Boo" (iTunes »)
Usher & Alicia Keys, Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals, 2004
"There's always that one person that will always have your heart," sings Usher in this duet with Keys that takes the listener back to that special first love.
"If You Leave Me Now" (iTunes »)
Chicago, Best Pop Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus, 1976
On their first single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Chicago vocalist Peter Cetera speaks of a love that is incomparable, singing, "A love like ours is love that's hard to find."
"Truly" (iTunes »)
Lionel Richie, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, 1982
A song embodying true dedication to a loved one, delivered with sincerity from the same man who gave life to the timeless love-song classics "Endless Love," "Still" and "Three Times A Lady."
"Breathe" (iTunes »)
Faith Hill, Best Female Country Vocal Performance, 2000
"Caught up in the touch/A slow and steady rush/Baby isn't that the way love is supposed to be?" asks Hill in "Breathe." At least for this one special day, pretend that's the way love really is.
"I Will Always Love You" (iTunes »)
Whitney Houston, Record Of The Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, 1993
Houston passionately delivers a message of love, remembrance and forgiveness on her version of this song, which was written by country sweetheart Dolly Parton and nominated for a GRAMMY in 1982.
"Strangers In The Night" (iTunes »)
Frank Sinatra, Record Of The Year, Best Vocal Performance, Male, 1966
Ol' blue eyes offers but a glimmer of hope for the single crowd on Valentine's Day, gently ruminating about exchanging glances with a stranger and sharing love before the night is through.
"You're Still The One" (iTunes »)
Shania Twain, Best Female Country Vocal Performance, Best Country Song, 1998
Co-written with producer and then-husband Mutt Lange, Twain speaks of beating the odds with love and perseverance with lyrics such as, "I'm so glad we made it/Look how far we've come my baby," offering a fresh coat of optimism for couples of all ages.
"Oh, Pretty Woman" (iTunes »)
Roy Orbison, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, 1990
Orbison captures the essence of encountering a lovely woman for the first time, and offers helpful one-liners such as "No one could look as good as you" and "I couldn't help but see…you look as lovely as can be." Single men, take notes.
What tune makes your heart melt? Whether or not it won a GRAMMY, we want to know what you'll be listening to on Feb. 14